Monday, February 22, 2010

Better Late Then Never...

Got some cookies today...

Well, its the 9th day of the Lunar New Year today.

Still not too late to get the cookies... especially since they are baked by my good friend, Sammy!

All the hard work... from the shapes to the details on the cookies!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

A near taste of Taiwan

Went to this Taiwan eatery called Xian Ding Wei Taiwan Express at IMM today..

Ordered some Taiwanese dishes, must say that though they use pretty much the same ingredients in the cooking, the taste was slightly different from what I had while I was in Taiwan!
Main dish of salt and pepper chicken with rice set:

Squid in sweet sauce:
Salty fried chicken:

The infamous Taiwan chicken chop, somehow this dish disappointed me the most, as I was expecting succulent chicken thighs to be used in the preparation of this dish rather then chicken breast!
PS, I apologize for the lack lustre pics as I had forgotten to switch my handphone picture quality back to high resolution!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Happy Birthday Everyone!

The 7th Day of the Lunar New Year marks Ren Ri otherwise known as Everyone's Birthday. It is believed that when Goddness Nuwa created the Earth, she created mankind on the 7th Day, and thus, it has become a common practice to celebrate this day with the auspicious toss of the yu sheng (raw fish salad).
Was with my family at Owen Restaurant at Turf City for dinner:
We had festive Yu Sheng:

After tossing (lou hei):
Geoduck Sashimi:
Drunken Prawns:
Abalone with XO sauce:
Oyster steamed and topped with garlic:
A snail like creature known as Flower Clam:

Roasted Chicken:
Vermicelli with crab meat:

Friday, February 19, 2010

Back From Malaysia

Back from a 5 day trip in Malaysia!!!

What a trip filled with events! Time to Lo Hei!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Puppies have grown!

Just an update on the little puppies..

More then a year old now...

Grown up large now... hopefully not sideways...

In the pictures, the male is on the left, and the female on the right...
Don't they really look like each other?

Same fish, different ingredients

This yu sheng was what I had at a Chinese restaurant in Malacca...

As you can see from the picture, the ingredients used are slightly different from what we have in Singapore.

Nevertheless, it's still great tasting!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Grand birthday celebrations!

Celebrated my Grandmother's grand 81st Birthday today!
Had a dinner feast with over 200 guests invited..
Preparing the venue in the afternoon:

Guests starting to come in:
Their gifts of well wishes, Longevity buns:
Eggs and mian xian noodles:

Traditional 'cake' made of rice flour with the word longevity on it:
The buffet spread was great and the atmosphere at night was light up by the lighting of sky lanterns (kong ming deng), which were set off into the night sky along with well wishes for both my grandmothers and guests:

Up, up and away...

The lantern high up in the sky:What's a party without some noise, especially during the festive CNY?

Firecrackers of course!

In Singapore, you only get to see them on TV for the countdown on New Years Eve or hear them 'live' on the same day while doing last minute shopping in Chinatown.

So of course, getting this close to firecrackers.. was a different experience for me!

Huat ah!

Trickle Rubber

Took these pics while trekking in a rubber plantation in Malaysia....

This is how the get rubber from trees:

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Triple Happiness

Blooming flowers are deemed to be a auspicious sign of prosperity...

My Tillandsia ionantha bloomed this Chinese New Year, not exactly a rare sight if you ask me....

Until I noticed this cluster of ionanthas...

Three flower spikes coming from the same blushing plant...

Looks like its going to be three times the prosperity for the coming year!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy New Year

Apologies for the lack of post on my blog for the past 2 weeks!!!

I was really so busy for the CNY fair at Takashimaya!!!


Here's wishing all my readers a Happy and Prosperous New Year!